Gotham - Season 1, Episode 4 - Rotten Tomatoes




Critic Consensus: A decent but forgettable episode of Gotham, "Arkham" shines when the focus shifts to Jim Gordon and Oswald "Penguin" Cobblepot.

Episode Info

In this episode, as the mayor is about to announce the council's decision over who has the right to develop a valuable swathe of land occupied by the decaying Arkham Asylum, James and Bullock go on the search of a hitman who has been hired to influence the vote. Meanwhile, a career opportunity presents itself to Oswald Cobblepot on a plate.


Benjamin McKenzie
as James Gordon
Danny Mastrogiorgio
as Frankie Carbone
Donal Logue
as Harvey Bullock
David Mazouz
as Bruce Wayne
Zabryna Guevara
as Capt. Sarah Essen
Sean Pertwee
as Alfred Pennyworth
Robin Lord Taylor
as Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin
Erin Richards
as Barbara Kean
Camren Bicondova
as Selina Kyle
Cory Michael Smith
as Edward Nigma
Jada Pinkett Smith
as Fish Mooney
Victoria Cartagena
as Renee Montoya
Andrew Stewart Jones
as Crispus Allen
John Doman
as Carmine Falcone
Richard Kind
as Mayor James
Drew Powell
as Butch Gilzean
Grayson McCouch
as Thomas Wayne
Evander Duck
as Councilman Kenkins
Daniel Mastrogiorgio
as Frankie Carbone
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Critic reviews for Arkham

The more stream-lined, overarching gang war story between Carmine Falcone and Sal Maroni with supporting players Oswald Cobblepot and Co. have Gotham set firmly on the right track after its rocky start.

December 18, 2014 | Full Review…

While the episode dealt with Arkham more in the abstract than actually making it "part of the action," it was still a good episode, and probably the best yet.

August 22, 2018 | Full Review…

There are television shows that require you to turn off your brain, and there's nothing wrong with those. And then there are television shows that actually assault your brain, which is what Gotham seems to be turning into.

July 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Essentially, "Arkham" is like if all of your worst fears about what a prequel show like this might devolve into laid bare on the tube for all to see.

July 18, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

The closest the show has come to being truly captivating, and for the first half-hour, I was enthralled.

July 17, 2018 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Basically, this is an episode that works. The show may still be a ways from 'great television,' but it is taking better steps forward this week, as opposed to the mixed bag that was last week's episode.

July 17, 2018 | Full Review…

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